By Paul Addison, Harriet Jones

A significant other to modern Britain covers the major topics and debates of 20th-century background from the outbreak of the second one global conflict to the tip of the century. Assesses the effect of the second one international struggle appears to be like at Britain’s position within the wider global, together with the legacy of Empire, Britain’s ‘special dating’ with the USA, and integration with continental Europe Explores cultural concerns, reminiscent of category recognition, immigration and race family, altering gender roles, and the effect of the mass media Covers family politics and the economic system Introduces the various views dominating ancient writing in this interval Identifies the main concerns that are prone to gas destiny debate

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Party influence in the unions was shaken following the invasion of Hungary in 1956, when many influential members resigned in disgust. From the early 1960s CPGB industrial strategy abandoned any aspirations to take independent control of the labour movement, and began to stress instead the importance of co-operation and unity with non-communist union activists of the ‘broad left’. The left in general, and the CPGB in particular, benefited from the deterioration of industrial relations and economic problems of the Wilson years, although there is no evidence to support the prime minister’s claim that the party was behind the merchant seaman’s strike in 1966.

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There were many similar disappointments. Technology transfer into British industry from the defence research establishments was widespread during the Cold War, but almost exclusively confined to the defence sector. The decision to proceed with a British nuclear deterrent thus had a profound domestic as well as a military and diplomatic impact. The gap between the unarmed population and the power of the arms in the control of the state was unprecedented. ACB2 2/19/05 9:59 AM Page 31 the impact of the cold war 31 Within the structure of the state, understanding of the technology of warfare lay in the hands of a privileged group of scientists, and control over its use was entrusted to a tiny group of ministers and civil servants.

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